Art Techniques, Bold and Bright, Thank You, WarmUps

Wednesday WarmUp Mandala

Welcome!

For the past many weeks, this blog has hosted “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I share a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I only use the brushes in the app— there are so many I haven’t tried that warming up with a new brush will be an added bonus and challenge. Today I’ll refer you to an artist and her mandala howto. It’s something I could do better, but love the way ProCreate makes it easier.

This Week

This week’s warm up first of all reminds me of the artists I’ve reviewed in Artist Gems every other week– be sure to check out these for ideas and process:

I find mandalas very soothing for days when I just want to relax. The symmetry guide in ProCreate allows you to watch as the design flows and grows. It’s easy to change your mind and also to create different colored and types of designs.

A while ago I joined Julie Erin who supports a Mandalatober Challenge in October for Inktober. Her work provides you with some beautiful examples of her mandala art to inspire you.

Here’s my Flickr album for that year’s Mandalatober:

mandala05.floral

Here’s my Day 5 Florals: it’s one of my favorites and you can see it’s not difficult to create something simple but beautiful.

Here’s my Day 5 Florals: it’s one of my favorites and you can see it’s not difficult.

This week I found Jennifer Nichol of Leila and Po shared an IGTV on Mandala’s and am following her strategy. You can find it here: Mandala.

She suggested adding some zen-doodle as part of the design, so I’m trying that. I’m not yet done, but here’s my start:

unfinished, but turning out sweet

Try it!

So please go ahead –check out Jennifer Nichol of Leila and Po IGTV Mandala, Julie Erin’s beautiful examples of her mandala art, and Introverted Hermit’s YouTube  for inspiration — and perhaps leave a comment to thank them for sharing. Then share your mandalas:  #warmup4art . Looking forward to your awesome designs.

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